Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy

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We are excited to be able to offer a canine rehabilitation service which can provide any extra help your canine may need with mobility, rehabilitation, recovery from an injury or a condition such as arthritis.

Our rehab service is run by Helen Taylor, a qualified human physiotherapist who has transitioned into the canine rehabilitation world. Helen says “I believe there is a lot that can be done to help pets recover optimally after surgery or injury, pretty much in the same way as humans. The evidence in this area of canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy is growing rapidly worldwide. It feels a very exciting time to be part of the transition into advancing canine physiotherapy.”

Helen is able to offer in depth rehabilitation assessments, give advice and teach suitable exercises, treat with modalities such as Laser, TENS, PEMF, therapeutic massage, and hydrotherapy with our underwater treadmill. All treatment plans are individual to your pets needs.

Our canine rehabilitation service is run out of our Titahi Bay clinic which is located at 28 Whitehouse Road, and their opening hours are:

Monday 9.30am – 4.00 pm
Tuesday 9.30am – 6.00 pm
Thursday 12.00 pm – 7.00 pm

This service is vet referral only. We require a vet referral form (which you can download below), and your pet’s medical history to be sent through before we will be able to make an initial appointment. For any inquiries please email Helen at caninephysio@rappaw.co.nz or through our Facebook page Canine-Hydrotherapy-at-Rappaw

Vet referral form

About Helen
I have around 18 years experience in a wide variety of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation. I have a particular interest in the neurology aspect of physiotherapy. I love the challenge that the complex patient brings as it often involves a variety of different disciplines and needs a comprehensive team approach.

I have always had a love for dogs but it wasn’t until I finally got my own dog Jess (an SPCA special ) that made me realise what amazing joy they bring to our lives. Since then I have been hooked and have now been involved in many dog rescue charities, fostered numerous dogs/ puppies and have loved focusing my career on helping dogs recover from illness or injury. I believe there is a lot that can be done to help pets recover fully after surgery or injury, pretty much in the same ways as humans. The evidence in this area of canine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy is growing rapidly worldwide. It feels a very exciting time to be part of the transition into advancing canine physiotherapy. I am thoroughly enjoying gaining the qualifications in this specialist area.

When I get some spare time (not much with a young family and work!) I love to swim, read, walk the dog, enjoy the NZ outdoors and travel.

Helen’s qualifications:
– BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. University of Brighton. June 1999
– Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy. May 2020
– Studying to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Commenced Jan 2020.
– I am also a member of the New Zealand Association of Canine Hydrotherapists (NZACH) and a member of the NZAVPA (New Zealand Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association)

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